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Apple and AT&T score big with iPhone launch

Everyone knew that the iPhone was going to be big from the moment it was announced in early January. Apple CEO Steve Jobs hailed the device as the ultimate in mobile communications given that it could function as a phone, a mobile Internet device and as an iPod.

As the months progressed, the hype mushroomed even though the iPhone lacked a user-replaceable battery, physical keyboard, expansion slot, voice dialing, A2DP, MMS, iChat, flash support, copy and paste ability and video recording -- not to mention that the iPhone was tied solely to AT&T.

It appears that all of the minuses stacked against the iPhone weren't enough to phase buyers who lined up days in advance to purchase the latest "it device" from Cupertino. Not even the $499 (4GB) and $599 (8GB) price tags were enough to keep Apple from selling around 525,000 iPhones from 6:00 PM Friday evening through close of business on Sunday.

Nearly all of AT&T's stores were depleted of iPhone stock by Saturday whereas Apple's retail stores are currently faring much better (you can check iPhone availability here).

Apple's iPhone launch didn't go off glitch free, however. Many users complained of activation problems with iPhone. The iPhone can be activated through iTunes and the steady rush of users scrambling to activate their phones overloaded AT&T's servers.

"We are working on any issues on an individual basis with customers who were impacted," said Michael Coe, a representative for AT&T.

AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel noted that a "small percentage" of customers were having activation issues. "Our first priority is to get them up and rolling as quickly as we can," Spiegel continued.

For its part in the matter, an Apple spokesman simply said "There are a small percentage of iPhone customers who have had a less than perfect activation experience."



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Apple Rational
By emptech on 7/2/2007 10:10:10 PM , Rating: 1
Since the introduction of the iPod, through this weekend's release of the iPhone, I've learned some interesting things about Apple fans. First, the mantra of Apple fanatics should be; "Don't confuse me with the facts. My mind is made up!" Second, they will defend to the bitter end their right to pay more and receive less. Then insist that such a decision elevates them above the rest of us in every respect.

I used to wonder what logic people followed when deciding to vote for "W" not only once, but twice. Well, Apple has sold about seventy million iPods in the US. That's about the same number of Americans who voted for Bush. You do the math.




RE: Apple Rational
By jmunjr on 7/3/2007 6:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
Ummm, Apple freaks are Democrats dude... They also drive Jettas(the men) and New Beetles(the women and girlie men).


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